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15 Best cabernet sauvignons


25 April 2017  -  www.independent.co.uk, John Clarke

What's not to like about cabernet sauvignon, the king of the red wines with its deep berry flavours, smooth tannins and hints of spice and cedar? The grape's thick skin and resistance to disease has seen it spread from Europe to the new world with wines of consistently high quality coming from Australia, South Africa, Chile and California.

It adds a new dimension to meals (especially lamb or game) but can also be enjoyed with cheese or even dark chocolate. If it's quality you want at a reasonable price you can't go wrong with cabernet sauvignon.

1. Marques Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, Concha y Toro 2014, 14%: £8.50, Asda

This is a limited edition cabernet from a highly regarded Chilean winemakers situated in the foothills of the Andes, some 650 metres above sea level. Winemaker Marcelo Papa picks his grapes early to produce a fresher style of cabernet with deep blackcurrant and blackberry flavours and smooth tannins. Perfect with cheese and a steal at this price.

2. Wynns Coonawarra Estate The Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 13%: £16 (£96, case of six), Marks & Spencer

Named in honour of this Australian winery’s triple-gabled main building, this is an outstanding cabernet from renowned wine-maker Sue Hodder. It’s medium bodied, but complex with notes of dark cherry and blackberries plus a hint of spice and a woody aroma.  A marvellous accompaniment to lamb dishes.

3. Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, 15%: £31.99, The Wine Reserve

Pricey, but this exceptional South African cabernet is made from specially selected grapes grown in alluvial, oakleaf and granite soils, which are then hand-picked and matured in French oak barrels. It gives lots of intense berry flavours plus hints of liquorice and cedar. There’s a beautiful, lingering aftertaste, too, but a high alcohol content, so be wary.

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